The new Queen’s Bench Division Guide has been published.

Chapter 17 provides guidance to claims in the Media and Communications List.  The Guide contains a new provision in relation to Media and Communications List Pre-Trial Reviews (PTRs).  A PTR will be listed before trial in every claim. Parties may apply to Nicklin J to vacate the PTR on confirmation that there are no outstanding issues requiring resolution.  A PTR will not be listed before the trial of the preliminary issue of meaning.  Applications for a trial of preliminary issues on meaning, whether a statement is defamatory or fact/opinion should be made promptly and (if  not made) should be considered at the CMC.  If the parties consent, the Court may order the issues to be determined without a hearing.  The Guide provides guidance on lodging anonymity orders and confidential documents.

In this news post  – Dr Anton van Dellen

Dr Anton van Dellen has experience in a wide range of defamation proceedings, ranging from pre-action advice to fully contested High Court claims and appeals up to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He also has sound experience in bringing Judicial Reviews and appeals against a wide range of public authorities, challenging decisions for being unlawful, irrational and/or failing to follow published guidance. High Net Worth clients are represented by Dr Anton van Dellen in a range of litigation involving disputes over assets.